Vatican defends itself after Hong Kong cardinal says it is ‘selling out’ to Beijing

The Vatican has defended itself after a senior cardinal accused it of “selling out” to Beijing.

Cardinal Joseph Zen of Hong Kong had criticised the Vatican for its attempts at diplomacy with China’s government.

He accused the Church of forcing bishops to retire in favour of replacements picked by Beijing.

The Vatican did not directly mention Cardinal Zen but said criticism of its China policy was “fostering confusion and controversy”.

Cardinal Zen had in a Facebook post on Monday revealed that a Vatican delegation had asked a bishop to give up his post to make room for a replacement backed by Beijing.

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